We sat down with Fremantle Mariners captain Joel Swift before the team headed off to Adelaide for round 1 of the AWL Season.
It’s been a long few months of training getting ready for this first game, tell us a bit about the teams preparation and training?
It’s a bit different this year. Some of the older guys have left the WAIS institute to focus on work commitments, stepping away from international water polo. This has created more of a team atmosphere as a lot of the boys have been training with Freo all year. The chemistry and bond with the boys is really good. We’re really prepared for round 1 and ready to go.
Has this final week of training been any different knowing that the first match is so close?
A few specific game tactics. Our fitness is there, so we really want to focus on how we want to play.
With yourself being a Rio Olympian, how do you share that experience with the younger players?
I try to lead by example at training and have a good attitude. We want our players to enjoy playing and have fun, but not muck around when it’s time to work and take things seriously. I’m always happy to share any coaching and tips with the younger guys where I can to help them improve.
Is there anything the team has emphasised during training?
The spine of our team is really good. We’ve got some very good Centre Backs. We try to play through those players and are younger guys fill the peripheral positions and get on the attack and score for us.
Has anyone been lighting up the pool or looked to improved on their seasons last year?
We’ve had a lot of young guys come in and really push for a spot. These guys make it very competitive for a spot in the team. They continue to improve as a whole, making the depth of the squad a lot stronger. Training is more competitive because of this and it shows great signs for the future of our team.
The Mariners came away with 2 from 2 over the weekend against the Adelaide Jets. For the full match review click here!